New Insight on the Molecular Structure of Plants
Cellulose is among the most abundant organic compounds on earth with an estimated 180 billion tonnes produced by plants each year. A plant makes cellulose by linking simple units of glucose together to form chains, which are then bundled together to form fibres. The fibres wrap around the cell, forming the major component of the plant cell wall. Using computational modelling and the Victorian Life Sciences Computation Initiative’s IBM Blue Gene/Q supercomputer, IBM Researchers are examining the structure and dynamics of cellulose at the molecular level.